Easy Tote Bag Crochet Pattern FREE

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Easy Tote Bag Crochet Pattern

This is an easy crochet tote bag pattern with lots of detailed steps to help you along the way. Beautiful texture and neutral colors make this fashionable tote easy to pair with tons of outfits!

Finished dimensions measure approximately 14″ (W) x 11″ (H) x 2″ (D). The straps each measure approximately 29″ long after being sewn to the body of the tote.

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Easy Tote Bag Crochet Pattern

Skill Level:

Easy

Materials:
Gauge:

17 sts = 4″ (10cm); 18 rows = 4″ (10cm) in sc using a size 3.0 mm crochet hook & worsted weight yarn

18 sts = 4″ (10cm); 11 rows = 4″ (10cm) alternating *FPdc, BPdc* using a size 4.0 mm crochet hook & worsted weight yarn

Size of Completed Project:

Tote measures approximately 14″ (W) x 11″ (H) x 2″ (D)
Straps measure approximately 29″ (unstretched) once sewn to the top of the tote bag

Abbreviations and Stitches Used:

Beg – beginning
BPdc – back post double crochet
Ch – chain
BLO  – back loop only
Ch – chain
Dc – double crochet
FPdc – front post double crochet
Hdc – half double crochet
Rep or *() * – repeat
Sc – single crochet
Sc2tog – single crochet 2 sts together (decrease)
Sl st – slip stitch
St(s) – stitch(es)

Special Notes:
  • Terminology in U.S. terms.
  • Chains at beginning of rows/rounds do NOT count as a st.
  • The bag is made from the bottom-up, meaning you will make the bottom part of the bag in rows first then attach your yarn and continue in rounds until you reach the desired height.
  • Please note that the pattern includes color changes to give the bag a color-block look. (Yardage amounts for each color listed in Materials section are approximate.) To change colors seamlessly, pull up the new color on the final yarn over of the final st of the row/round. Color changes are noted in pattern.
  • Knowledge of front-post double crochet and back-post double crochet is helpful. (Click HERE to learn more.)
  • I recommend using an invisible seam to attach the strap to the inside of the tote bag. (Check out THIS TUTORIAL by SweetPotato3 which explains this method in greater detail.)

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Easy Tote Bag Crochet Pattern:

BAG BOTTOM PANEL

Ch 57 using size 3.0 mm hook and “Coffee” yarn.

  1. Sc in 2nd ch from hook & across. (56)
  2. Ch 1. Turn. Sc in each st across. (56)
  3. – 7. Rep Row #2.

Fasten off at the end of Row 7.

Continue to the section labeled “SC BORDER FOR BAG BOTTOM PANEL” below.

SC BORDER FOR BAG BOTTOM PANEL

Join “Coffee” yarn to the top right corner st of the bag bottom panel with a sl st. Continue using size 3.0 mm hook.

  1. Ch 1. Place 2 sc in the same st. (*I recommend placing a st marker in the 1st st.*) Sc in the next 54 sts. Place 2 sc in the last st. Continuing along the left edge of work, place 1 sc into the ends of the next 5 rows. Turning the corner, place 2 sc in the 1st st along the next edge of work. Sc in the next 54 sts. Place 2 sc in the last st. Continuing along the right edge of work, sc into the ends of 5 rows. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc st. (126 total sts around.)
    *Note:  Normally when making a border, I would place 3 sts in the corner rather than 2 to make the edges lay flat. For this tote bag, I wanted the edges to be rounded rather than square so there are only 2 sts per corner. This is purely a design element.
  2. Ch 1. Working in the round, place 1 sc BLO in each st around. (*I recommend placing a st marker in the first and last sts. Be sure to move them up as you work.) Join with a sl st to the 1st sc st. (126)
  3.  Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc st. (126)
  4. Rep Round 3. (126)

Continue to the section labeled “BAG BODY” below.

BAG BODY

Continuing from the section labeled “SC BORDER FOR BAG BOTTOM PANEL” above, switch to size 4.0 mm hook.

  1. Ch 2. Dc in same st and in each st around. Join with a sl st to the 1st dc st. (126)
  2. Ch 2. FPdc in 1st st. BPdc in the next st. *FPdc in the next st. BPdc in the next st.* Rep around. (*You should end with a BPdc st. It is helpful to keep moving your first and last st markers up as you work.) Join with a sl st to the 1st FPdc st. (126)
  3. Repeat Round 2 for Rounds 3 – 26. (126)To give your tote the color-block look, change colors as follows:
    *Change to “Cafe Latte” on the last YO of the last st of Round 8. (Rounds 9 – 20 will be “Cafe Latte”)
    *Change to “Aran” on the last YO of the last st of Round 20. (Rounds 21 – end of the pattern will be “Aran”)

27. Ch 1. Hdc in same st and in each st around. Join with a sl st to the 1st hdc st. (126)
28. Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc st. (126)
29. Repeat Round 28. (126)
30. Ch 1. Sc in the same st. Sc2tog. Sc in the next 57 sts. Sc2tog. Sc in the next 2 sts. Sc2tog. Sc in the next 57 sts. Sc2tog. Sc in the last st. Join with a sl st to the 1st sc st. (122)

Fasten off. Weave in all ends. (*I recommend keeping the st markers in the first and last sts to make handle placement easier. They will come in handy once you reach the “ADDING THE STRAPS TO THE TOP OF THE BAG BODY” section below.*)

STRAPS (MAKE 2)

Ch 6 using size 4.0 mm hook and “Aran” yarn.

  1. Sc in 2nd ch from hook & across. (5)
  2. Ch 1. Turn. Sc in each st across. (5)
  3. Repeat Row 2 for Rows 3 – 111. (5) Once you’ve reached the end of Row 111, fasten off and make the 2nd strap the same way as the first. Weave in ends.
ADDING THE STRAPS TO THE TOP OF THE BAG BODY

Starting at the first st of the last round of the bag body, place stitch markers in the following sts along the top of the bag: 16th, 20th, 47th, 51st, 77th, 81st, 108th, and 112th. (*The st markers will mark where the end of each strap will be attached to the bag body. The 2 ends of the first strap will line up with sts 16-20 and 47-51. The 2 ends of the second strap will line up with sts 77-81 and 108-112.)

*It may be helpful to pin the handles in place prior to sewing, just to make sure everything is lined up correctly.*

To begin, align each end of the first strap with the first set of st markers (16-20 & 47-51). Be sure to keep the strap from twisting.

To give the handles more stability, we will be attaching them to the inside of the bag body by overlapping the handle with approximately 0.75″ of the top of the bag. The edge of the strap will line up with sts along the 3rd row in from the edge of the bag body.

Falling Spring Crochet Easy Tote Bag Crochet Pattern Handle Placement

With the inside of the bag facing you, pin the 5 sts at the end of the strap to the corresponding sts 3 rows in from the edge of the bag (use the st markers as guides).  Once both edges are pinned in place, cut a length of yarn approximately 20″ long and insert into yarn needle. Make a knot at one end of the yarn and attach to the first st along the strap. (Be sure to catch some threads in your work so that the knot won’t slip out.)

Keeping the inside of the bag facing you, sew the 5 sts along the edge of the strap to the corresponding 5 sts located 3 rows in from the edge of the bag body. Continuing along the side of the strap, sew all the way up to the top edge of the bag body. The sts along the outside top edge of the bag should line up with the 3rd row of sts along the strap.

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With the outside of the bag now facing you, sew the 5 sts along the front top edge of the bag body (where the st markers are) to the corresponding 5 sts located 3 rows up from the edge of the strap. Continuing along the side of the strap (now on the inside of bag body again), sew all the way down the final side of the strap to where you first attached the strap to the body. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

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Repeat the same process above for the second strap. Begin by lining up the end of the second strap with the second set of st markers (77-81 & 108-112), then sew in place in the same fashion as above.

Weave in ends.

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You’re finished! I hope you love your adorable tote bag as much as I love mine!

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    1. You are most welcome, Christine! 😊 I found your video to be helpful during a few of my projects so I must thank you for explaining things so clearly!! 😉

      P.S.
      I love all of the braided projects you’ve been working on lately! I’ll be sharing those on Pinterest for sure!!

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